July 22, 2008
STANFORD, Calif.- First-year head coach Amy Bokker has announced the hiring of Brooke McKenzie as an assistant coach with the Stanford lacrosse program.
McKenzie had served as an assistant coach for the previous two seasons at George Mason under Bokker, who was named the Cardinal's head coach last month.
"I am very excited to have Brooke join our staff at Stanford," said Bokker. "Brooke has tremendous passion for the game and this is evident in her coaching. She has a creative attacking mind and the ability to relate well to student-athletes. Her international experience will also be a valuable asset to our program."
McKenzie joined the George Mason staff prior to the 2007 season after graduating from Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rival James Madison, where she was a four-year starter from 2002-2006 and team captain her final season. She was a key cog in the Dukes' attack, finishing first on the team in game-winning goals in 2005 and 2006, as well as third in points scored in 2005 and second in that category in 2006.
During McKenzie's four years on the team, James Madison won three CAA Championships (2003, 2004 and 2006) and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament twice (2004 and 2006). She was selected Second Team All-CAA during her senior year, in addition to garnering CAA All-Tournament honors her final season. She also earned a selection to the VaSID All-State Team following her senior season.
In addition to her playing experience, which includes a stint on the Canadian World Cup Team, McKenzie received unique insight into coaching during her final season with the Dukes, completing a coaching internship under former James Madison head coach Kellie Young. This prior coaching experience helped McKenzie immediately fulfill her duties of assisting with an offensive gameplan, recruiting and scouting opponents.